Barrels at Speyside Cooperage
At the Speyside Cooperage visitors can see barrels being made ready for the whisky to spend three to thirty years being matured prior to bottling.
Aberlour Highland Games
Hammer throwing is one of the traditional strongman sports at the Aberlour Highland Games.
Loch an Eileen
The Cairngorms National Park is the largest in Britain with thousands of acres of beautiful and unspoilt countryside.
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The area

Moray is blessed with a favourable climate. Sheltered from the wet weather and midges of the west coast, the cold winds and sea mists of the North Sea, the area enjoys a dry, sunny and relatively mild climate, ideal for recreational activities..

Stalking, shooting and fishing
Weiroch Lodge provides the perfect base for small groups interested in these sports. Please see the Field sports page for the special facilities we can offer in this respect.

Golf
Many excellent nearby courses include Ballindalloch (a few minutes drive away) Grantown-on-Spey, Nethy Bridge, Dufftown, and the championship courses of Nairn and Royal Dornoch. All of these offer day and weekly membership with prices per round costing from £10 to £100. The courses also host many competitions attracting both amateur and professional players such as Nairn Golf Club which is to stage the 2012 Curtis Cup match on their Championship course in June 2012.

Snowsports
Weiroch Lodge is situated close to the renowned Cairngorms National Park where skiing and other snowsports can be enjoyed. Two main venues are the Cairngorm Ski Centre and The Lecht where, in total, there are over 50km of ski runs and a snow board fun park, suitable for all levels from beginner to expert. Cross Country, telemark, ski touring and ski mountaineering are also available from specialist operators. Snowsports can take place any time between December and April depending on weather conditions and it is sometimes possible to ski before December and into May.

Walking
There are numerous scenic forest and country walks straight from Weiroch Lodge. You can walk across the fields, explore the many forest tracks adjacent to the Lodge, or access the Speyside Way which is just a few minutes away. This world famous trail mainly follows the valley of the River Spey and runs from Buckie on the shore of the Moray Firth, south westwards to Aviemore on the edge of the Cairngorm Mountains, a distance of approximately 65-miles. Weiroch is ideal as a base to complete all sections of the walk, being situated 34-miles from each end.

For hillwalkers, there are 49 Munros plus numerous Corbetts and Grahams (smaller hills) to be conquered within the Cairngorm range and local area. The closest is Ben Rinnes, about 5-miles away, with a total ascent of 548 metres. As a guide, 2.5 hours should be allowed to complete the 4.66 mile route and, on a clear day, there are fantastic views from the summit. We can provide a wholesome packed lunch, or an evening meal if your day has been tiring – please see details of our catering service on the Availability page.

Mountain biking
The area has miles of tracks to suit mountain bikers of all abilities. In addition to the little-used tracks within the 800 acres of woodland adjacent to Weiroch Lodge, there are the dedicated Moray Monster Mountain Bike Trails giving 19-miles of singletrack routes to suit all abilities. The main Monster Trails are linked to each other and stretch from Fochabers near the coast to Craigellachie which is only 8 miles from Weiroch. For beginners, there is a green-graded trail at Quarrelwood, near Elgin some 20 miles from Weiroch. We can provide a packed lunch, or an evening meal if required – please see details of our catering service on the Availability page.

Watersports
Canoeing the River Spey from where it becomes navigable, through the Cairngorms National Park all the way to the sea, is a classic Highland adventure known as 'The Spey Descent'.

This trip is suitable for those who have never canoed before as well as canoeists with years of experience. The stretch of the River Spey from Ballindalloch to Aberlour, which is adjacent to Weiroch, is the most famous section for White Water, with rapids up to grade 2, making it an ideal day trip for experienced canoeists. Equipment including canoes can be hired with instructors for those who require it.

Recreational water skiing and a broad range of associated activities can be found at Loch of Aboyne run by the Aberdeen Water Ski and Wakeboard club who welcome all visitors regardless of age or experience. Besides water skiing, sailing and windsurfing are both popular sports in the area. The Moray coastal town of Lossiemouth is one of Scotland’s hidden windsurfing gems, and the Portsoy Boat Festival held annually in July is a hugely popular event that attracts sailing and fishing boats alike.

Malt Whisky Trail
Weiroch Lodge is at the heart of Malt Whisky country and on the famous Malt Whisky Trail. The area has many of the worlds best known distilleries including Benromach, Cardow, Dallas Dhu, Glenfiddich, Glen Grant, Glenlivet, Glen Moray, Strathisla and Glenfarclas where you can visit each distillery, do a spot of tasting and learn how the barley is turned into whisky. Some modern distilleries are very hi-tech and resemble a chemical factory whereas other smaller establishments still use the traditional methods to produce an artisan product that will vary from year to year.

Touring
Weiroch Lodge provides an excellent base from which to explore Morayshire, with castles, mountains, beaches and cities all easily accessible.

Often referred to as Castle Country, the historic Northeast of Scotland is home to around a thousand castles or castle ruins, providing a wealth of history to explore. The nearest is Ballindalloch Castle, just a few minutes drive away, the family home of the Macpherson-Grants who have resided there since 1546. There is also the Aberdeenshire Castle Trail which covers thirteen unique castles from Castle Fraser to Tolquhon Castle.

The Cairngorms National Park is the largest in Britain with thousands of acres of beautiful and unspoilt countryside. It is just a short drive from Weiroch Lodge and well worth a visit to enjoy the fabulous scenery, from wild moorlands and soaring mountain peaks to spectacular rivers and tranquil lochs.

The Moray Firth has some of the most beautiful and unspoilt stretches of coast with many beaches gaining Seaside Awards. It is possible to watch Bottlenose Dolphins from the shore at many locations all around the Moray Firth and there are many pretty fishing villages to visit.

If you enjoy shopping and/or dining out, Weiroch Lodge is situated just 7-miles south of Aberlour and about 1-hour’s drive from the historic cities of Inverness and Aberdeen. Locally, the market towns of Dufftown, Huntly, Elgin and Grantown on Spey all have a variety of shops, pubs, hotels and cafes. Walkers Shortbread shop in Aberlour, Johnston of Elgin’s Cashmere Centre, Brodies Country Fare at Nairn and Baxters Highland village at Fochabers are all favourite places to visit.

Local attractions

Please take a look at the links page for more information on some of the many attractions you can find in the local area.

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